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  • Assassination Classroom Extra Chapter 3 ends with Azusa pulling the pin off of a grenade to kill Korosensei and, failing that, killing the loan sharks.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • The panels where the Rogue Titan attacks another Titan over an immobile human and takes a boxing stance, indicating intelligence. Both are impossible as far as humanity's knowledge goes, as the expressions on the observers' faces show.
    • The final shot of the first season reveals a Titan encased inside the wall, raising a huge number of questions and suggesting that the Wall Cult, who preach that the walls were created by miracle and should not be tampered with, are not as delusional as they'd seemed.
  • Bleach:
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    • When Aizen is revealed to be alive to his loyal lieutenant and the audience at the same time, an overwhelmed Hinamori hugs him and bursts into tears. Aizen gently apologies for having caused her so much pain and thanks her for being such a reliable lieutenant...before ending his speech with the word "goodbye" and the sight of him stabbing her through the chest...revealing him to be the Big Bad.
    • When Kon is almost killed by the Grand Fisher, who thinks he's really Ichigo(Kon, a modsoul, is inhabiting Ichigo's body while Ichigo's out fighting Hollows), Kon is rescued...by Isshin, who is wearing a Shinigami uniform (with the remnants of a Captain's haori wrapped around his arm), sporting a zanpakutou and clearly capable of seeing ghosts.
    • Kenpachi kills Nnoitra and the usual post-battle banter kicks off between Kenpachi and Ichigo, and it looks like Ichigo and his group will now be leaving Hueco Mundo and leaving the Shinigami behind to clean up. The banter is promptly interrupted by Starrk appearing out of nowhere, kidnapping Orihime and vanishing again before Kenpachi and Ichigo can even react.
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  • In Bloom Into You, during Chapter 25, Koyomi goes to an autograph session with her favorite author. Her turn comes up, at which point she's called into a separate room, and in the next panel, it's revealed that the author is a woman who uses a masculine pen name.
  • Bokurano
    • After Waku's battle, the group stands on top of Zearth. Ushiro, annoyed at Waku for yelling at the top of his lungs in triumph, gives him a light shove...and Waku then falls off the 500 meter-tall Humongous Mecha.
    • At the end of one episode of the anime, a shot showing an information file reveals that Tanaka is Ushiro's mother.
    • During Chizu's arc, as she's prepared to exact revenge on Hatagai, she hesitates as she sees her older sister, who turns out to be Hatagai's girlfriend.
  • Episode 10 of The Caligula Effect has one in the credits. Ritsu's voice actor, Chiharu Sawashiro, is listed as playing "Shingo Tachibana", a completely new character, with Ritsu nowhere to be found. This sets up the next episode's revelations on just who Ritsu is.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX:
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    • At the end of episode three, we see Mitsuru bleeding and injured in the cockpit of Strelizia, revealing that the rumors surrounding Zero Two's partners being unable to ride with her more than three times before dying are true.
    • the end of episode 8, showing the prior plantation 13 parasites...who were wiped out to a man.
    • In Episode 15, an exposed Klexosaur's core reveals what's clearly a human shaped body.
    • In Episode 16, the events of the episode pass by without much drama, until the final shot where we see what looks like another klaxosaur hybrid.
  • In Death Note, this is how Light's father and the police inspector working on the Kira case are revealed to be the same person to the viewer.
  • Limit uses these in abundance to emphasize a Big Reveal. We get one in volume 5 when it's revealed that Hinata was the "murderer hiding in our midst", even though it was foreshadowed WAY early on. We also get another one in volume one right after the bus crash when Konno opens her phone and we see the pile of dead bodies behind her.
  • At the beginning of the eighth chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, Sho launches an attack on his opponent's monster. When the smoke clears, it is revealed that his opponent is Judai. Shortly thereafter, it is revealed how they were forced to duel each other.
  • In the 33rd episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Kurosaki and Sora begin their duel. The announce announced that the field chosen for them is none other than Future Metropolis Heartland, which is based off of Kurosaki's now-destroyed hometown and confirms that the Xyz Dimension is definitely linked to Zexal.
  • The Stinger of episode 10 of the animated adaptation of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, where Rikka, who always wears a yellow contact lens on her right eye and put an eyepatch over it as part of her "Evil Eye" gimmick, takes off her eyepatch to reveal...a perfectly-normal blue eye.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • Gintama: The moment where Utsuro's mask break and reveal his face: this of Gintoki's deceased mentor, Yoshida Shoyo.
  • Kill la Kill: When Nui Harime pulls out the scissor blade that matches Ryuko's, meaning she's the one who killed Ryuko's father.
    • When Ragyo tears out Ryuko's heart, and it's glowing with life fibers.
  • Naruto:
    • In the Search for Tsunade arc, there are shots of Sasuke frantically racing to get to Naruto before Itachi, who's hunting for the Nine-Tailed Fox inside Naruto, can do so. Sasuke reaches a door, seemingly that of the inn room where Naruto is staying, and knocks, while Naruto, hearing a knock on his door, gets up to answer it. The next pages show that Sasuke found the wrong room, and Naruto opens his door to see Itachi and Kisame, who have tracked him down.
    • We finally see the unidentified corpse that scared the Masked Man into working with Kabuto: it's the real Uchiha Madara.
    • Chapter 599. After a long flashback, we finally get to see who Tobi is, several chapters after the real Madara Uchiha's resurrection proved it wasn't him. As the mask crumbles away, we get a full-page shot of the long-thought-dead Obito Uchiha, glaring hatefully at the heroes.
    • The last page of Chapter 698 shows that Naruto and Sasuke blew each other's dominant arms off with their final attacks.
  • In New Game!, at the start of Episode 7 of the second season of the anime, Aoba is asked to sit in on an interview for someone who applied for a programmer job, even though Aoba doesn't know anything about programming. After a few shots of the person in question from behindnote , the door opens and the interviewee is revealed to be Aoba's Childhood Friend Nene, who'd worked at Eagle Jump before. Averted in the equivalent scene in Chapter 51 of the manga, which doesn't attempt to hide that the person in question is Nene.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • When Raditz first appears, it's established that he's searching for someone named Kakarot. The very last shot of his introductory appearance in both the anime and manga shows what Kakarot looks like, revealing him to be Goku when he was a baby.
    • A second one with Raditz pops up exactly one episode/chapter later, when he smacks Krillin with the "belt" around his waist, revealing it's actually a tail exactly like the one Goku had when he was a kid.
    • An awesome one occurs late in the Buu Saga where Enma-Daioh is distressed how Buu is killing everyone on Earth and decides to bring out one of the more powerful souls he kept on standby just in case things started getting too out of hand. Cue the currently dead Vegeta walking up with a smirk on his face and ready to kick some ass.
    • Another comes from the Android Saga when Bulma faxes over a picture a farmer took of one of their vehicles he found out on his property. It's Trunks' time machine only far older and covered in moss, meaning someone else came back in time with it.
    • Dragon Ball Super has one in the second opening, when a shy human-looking girl suddenly turns in a Legendary Super Saiyan.
  • The epic pan out at the end of the first episode of Now and Then, Here and There as Shu hangs from the bottom of the Hellywood, showing the immense, desolate scope of the blasted alien world he's tumbled into and how tiny and insignificant he is there. Any thoughts of this being a standard shonen adventure are gone.
  • Monster:
  • One Piece:
    • Oda loves this, and would mark such moments with the onomatopoeia Don! or Dodon! on-panel. The sheer amount of such moments may lessen the impact for some, but that doesn't stop them from being revelatory, awesome, tearjerking, heartwarming, or anything in-between.
    • Chapter 731 has one at the very end: After Luffy sees a certain mysterious man and has an epic Jaw Drop, he is later seen crying. When Zoro tries to snap him out of it and asks why he's crying, Luffy answers that he always thought that person was dead. We then get a shot of three sake cups at Ace and Whitebeard's graves, very strongly implying (if not indirectly confirming) that said person is Sabo.
    • In Sanji's backstory, he, trapped on an island with Zeff, is led to believe that Zeff has taken the majority of the food. Out of food and literally starving to death, he plans on trying to steal Zeff's stash, and cuts open the bag he thinks contains the food. Treasure then spills out, revealing that Zeff gave all the food to Sanji, and Sanji notices Zeff's missing leg, and realizes the sacrifices Zeff had made for him; Zeff actually gave him all the food supplies, then cut off his own leg and ate it. Not only that, Zeff's fighting technique was based entirely upon kicking, meaning by maiming himself he's ended his career as a pirate. This actually re-shapes Sanji's entire personality; he left home to seek his fortune, and the sight of inedible treasure next to a starving pirate who ate his own leg and gave up his ability to fight so Sanji would have a better chance at survival makes him decide that treasure is worthless, food is life, and a friend who gives you food is family.
    • Chapter 908 ends with the Five Elders, until then assumed to be the Greater Scope Villains of the entire series, bowing before a shadowy figure and calling it "Master."
    • Chapter 921 ends with a gigantic eastern dragon looming ominously over Okobore Town in Wano, with Trafalgar Law telling Luffy that it's Kaidou.
  • Go! Princess Pretty Cure has a shot comparing Twilight to Towa in the ending of episode 20 (see here). They're both the same person.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion:
    • When Homura confronts Sayaka, she realizes Sayaka shouldn't exist, and asks her who she is. Sayaka insists that she's exactly who Homura thinks she is. Cue the sky darkening and Oktavia von Seckendorff appearing in the puddle they're standing on...
    • Later on in the movie, just as the real Madoka appears to take Homura to heaven there is a very quick shot of the latter with Hidden Eyes and a Psychotic Smirk. It is a very fast and unsettling piece of foreshadowing that something is about to go horribly wrong. Then Homura grabs Madoka's hands...
    • The original series has one that takes repeat viewing after episode 10 to see: Homura's pained expression as Kyubey reach Madoka in the very first episode.
    • Much earlier in the series, there was the shot of Mami's decapitated body hanging from Charlotte's mouth.
  • Toward the end of Pokémon Origins, very few fans were surprised to see Red's Charizard Mega Evolve, as it was hinted at even in the initial trailer. However, everyone was caught completely off guard when the aforementioned Mega Evolution took place...and a completely different version of Mega Charizard appeared. This was immediately followed by the announcement that Charizard was, in fact, getting two Mega Evolutions.
  • In Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, Mafuka, an Idol Singer, saves Hayari from a man who is trying to harm her for calling him out on his behavior, then shows her the same trick with a mahjong tile that the woman Hayari met in the hospital showed her. Hayari then realizes that the Idol Singer she initially found somewhat annoying and the woman she admired are the same person, presumably eventually leading her to become the kind of mahjong player she is in the present story.
  • School Rumble episode 10 had Harima declaring his love for Tenma, but it was Eri by mistake.
  • Your Lie in April has few of them:
    • Kaori collapsing at the end of episode 4.
    • Kaori in the hospital AGAIN at the end of episode 13.
    • Episode 15 has the first few moments where Kaori's limbs give out again when she's walking around her house while reading sheet music. She falls on her head and opens a wound but doesn't notice it until she sees blood on her hands and sheet music and then she passes out. And then there's the last two minutes where she's walking around in the hospital and she falls and suddenly loses feeling in her legs.
    • In Episode 20 the black cat that's been around the whole series gets fatally run over and all the audience and Kousei sees is the cat lying lifelessly in a pool of its own blood.
    • Episode 22. Kaori disappearing in front of Kousei during his performance, symbolizing her death.
  • In chapter 66-3 of Rosario + Vampire, the Headmaster removes his cloak for the first time to show he's completely covered in holy locks.
  • Fairy Tail: Chapter 444. We finally see who Emperor Spriggan, the ruler of the Alvarez Empire and the apparent Arc Villain is. We then echo Makarov's reaction when it's revealed that "Emperor Spriggan" is really Zeref.
    • At the end of the Edolas arc, as a result of the Reverse Anima that Mystogan used to save the residents of Magnolia, everyone who has magic is sucked through, which means all the Exceeds and everyone from Earthland. Soon after everyone regroups, Pantherlily reveals that he found and captured someone "suspicious" and reveals his captive. She turns out to be Lisanna, which means that the Earthland Lisanna never died, but was transported to Edolas and lived as that universe's version of herself.
  • From the Evillious Chronicles franchise, the PV for Moonlit Bear reveals that the apples that Eve was carrying the entire time were crying babies, which she'd stolen from their mother.
  • In the first five minutes of Digimon Adventure tri., we see Hikari trying to wake Taichi from bed only to watch as it cuts to the main four protagonists of Digimon Adventure 02 being struck down by Alphamon.
    • Determination ends with Leomon getting killed (again) by Meicuumon and Maki smiling at the sudden Face–Heel Turn. It opens with the Village of Beginnings note  being leveled, and after a fight between Leomon and Ogremon, we see The Digimon Kaiser.
  • In episode 5 of Bakemonogatari, Senjougahara points to Hachikuji while delivering the Wham Line, "That child is invisible to me." To drive the point home, the scene cuts to a birds-eye view, showing that she's actually pointing nowhere near Hachikuji.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School:
    • Subverted at the end of the second episode of Side: Future: after the sleeping drug knocks everyone out and the attacker strikes, Makoto awakens and finds Aoi seemingly stabbed in the stomach. However, the next episode reveals that the stabbing was faked with tomato sauce and a toy knife.
    • Episode 4 ends with a shot of Monaca Towa controlling a robot Gekkogahara, dressed up in her Junko-esque outfit from the end of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.
    • Episode 6 ends with Munakata's peacekeeping forces heading to Jabberwock island, with someone who looks like Hajime watching them from a dock. The final shot has a closeup of his eye, which opens to reveal a red pupil as he says "This is so boring"...the catch phrase of his other personality, Izuru.
    • Episode 8 ends with Byakuya's team accidentally triggering a bomb inside the Future Foundation base, causing the building to start sinking.
    • At the end of Episode 9, when everyone awakens, they discover Kirigiri has died due to her forbidden action. Upon investigating her bracelet, they find out the cause- she died because Makoto is still alive.
    • At the end of Episode 11, Mitarai receives a text message from Tengan. Two reasons for this being so shocking; Tengan is supposed to be dead and nobody has had phone service up until now.
    • Over in Side: Despair Episode 10, the final shot is that of Izuru, who, up to that point had shown absolutely no emotion other than vague surprise and annoyance, crying over the death of Chiaki, his pre-Death of Personality Love Interest.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash's friendly rematch with Kalos Champion Diantha takes a very unexpected turn when Ash's Greninja completes his Super Mode transformation, "shedding" off his water cloak and flooring Diantha's Gardevoir with a single Fuuma Shuriken. The shock factor is even more obvious when the episode's previews never foreshadowed such a thing happening, when the anime has always been guilty of Trailers Always Spoil.
    • When the XY group starts parting ways, Serena's the first to go. Before she departs, she tells Ash that he is still her goal. She goes down the escalator, and this might be the last we'll be seeing of her, but...she asks for one last moment with Ash, and runs back up the escalator to Ash, and kisses him. The real (if additional) whammy is the look on the rest of the group's faces, confirming the deed.
  • The shot that changed everything for Yuri!!! on Ice fans was the scene near the end of Episode 7, in which all homoerotic subtext between Yuri and Victor becomes sheer text when Victor actually tackles and kisses Yuri on international television.
  • In Sword Art Online
    • After the battle with the Skull Reaper, Kirito becomes suspicious about Heathcliff's behavior, and, in an attempt to test a theory, attacks him, becoming the first person to reduce him below 50 percent HP. The result is that Heathcliff is protected by the system changing him into an "IMMORTAL OBJECT", revealing that he's Akihiko Kayaba, creator of the game and the one responsible for imprisoning everyone.
    • Near the end of the Mother's Rosary arc of the anime, Asuna gets a text message from Dr. Kurahashi revealing that Yuuki's condition has deteriorated.
    • In Episode 5 of the Alicization anime, Rinko's assistant Mayumi takes off her sunglasses and wig, revealing herself as Asuna, who'd enlisted Rinko's help in order to learn more about what happened to Kirito.
  • Chapter 53 of Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs has a huge one that involves its title, " Yuna-san When She Was Alive". With the help of another psychic, Yuna and Kogarashi finally get a glimpse of what Yuna looked like when she was alive — a disabled girl sporting miserable-looking Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
  • In the H-manga, Alice in Sexland, after the Red Queen's Wham Line about the titular world being the afterlife it shows Alice's dead body, having died from the fall in the first chapter.
  • In the first season of Lyrical Nanoha, when Arf comes to confront Precia over her cruel treatment of Fate, the ensuing fight spills over into a dimly-lit chamber, in which is a stasis tank containing a girl who looks just like Fate, though younger. It's Alicia, Precia's clinically-dead true daughter and Fate's genetic progenitor; Fate is a clone.
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